The annual release of federal child maltreatment reports provides an opportunity for advocates to highlight issues within the Child Protective Services systems, including the wide variations among states in definitions, policy and practice; the existence of millions of screened out cases; the relative costs of prevention; and the overwhelming presence of child neglect in the system, among others. Understanding Child Maltreatment 2016 contains information about these topics, as well as others, and presents that information in a way that is useful for state-level messaging and advocacy.
Understanding Child Maltreatment 2016 is the 6th edition of this report. Covering data for the year 2016, the report is distributed to help ensure that data published in the annual Child Maltreatment series is interpreted and applied considering all aspects of its reliability and validity. This report was originally commissioned by Prevent Child Abuse America.
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